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Animal Models of Eating Disorders (Neuromethods) 2013th Edition

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“This book details advances in animal models of eating disorders research of interests to psychiatrists and mental health professionals. … This is a valuable addition to the psychiatric literature, since its main focus is to emphasize evidence-based approaches and research in the area of eating disorders as well as their applicability in the clinical setting.” (Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2013)

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The growth of the field of eating disorder research has led to a vast array of empirical articles, and the development of new animal models that can be used to study these disorders continues to stimulate new research.  Animal Models of Eating Disorders serves as a collection of detailed techniques contributed by experts in the field who are well-versed in the development and implementation of these models. Since eating disorders are complex and likely due to a combination of environmental, genetic, and social causes, the detailed chapters of this volume have been designed to highlight different contributing factors. Collectively, these chapters give a comprehensive and representative overview of both recently developed and classic methodologies used in the study of eating disorders.  Written for the popular Neuromethods series, this work contains the kind of thorough description and implementation advice that promises successful results.


Authoritative and practical, Animal Models of Eating Disorders aims to aid researchers in the use of animal models to assist in their investigation and characterization of the behaviors and neurochemical alterations associated with these devastating disorders.

Product Details

  • Series: Neuromethods (Book 74)
  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Humana Press; 2013 edition (September 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627031030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627031035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,825,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She has written extensively on topics related to food, addiction, obesity and eating disorders. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eating Disorders Association. She also maintains a blog, Food Junkie, with Psychology Today. Her new book, Why Diets Fail (Ten Speed Press) will be released in Dec. 2013.

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This is an excellent overview of a lot of very important scientific research that has been done mostly in the last decade. Avena herself has broken important new ground in showing that some of what we commonly think of as psycho-social eating disorders are better understood as food addiction, i.e., a substance use disorder regarding food. There are several other scientific pioneers in this book with the latest advances in animal research on binge eating disorder (just becoming a formal diagnosis in the new DSM 5 of the American Psychiatric Association), bulimia and anorexia.

It is too bad that Avena's editor's introduction still puts "food addiction" in quotes. Her own work at Princeton with Dr. Bart Hoebel produced a review of the animal science on subject which ended with the unusually strong conclusion for a scientific journal: "animals can become addicted to sugar." All scientific conclusion are tentative - by definition, however, the science for food addiction is "overwhelming" as Dr. Nora Volkaw, Director of the US Drug Abuse Institute, says. I have seen no peer-reviewed criticism of the Avena/Hoebel work, and I have reviewed 2743 article and books on this subject posted on the Food Addiction Institute website.

Beyond this quibble over quotation marks,the text ooutlines any number of advances, especially in the area of chemical dependency on food. The research methodologies are summarized rigorously and elegantly. There is an advance in the most recent research showing that food addiction is really a collection of several different chemical dependencies on specific foods, for examples, sugar addiction is different neurologically than fat addiction with implications for treating it differently in humans.
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